Who is the Legal Owner of a Car on Finance?

happy man who has become legal owner of car

If you’re thinking about purchasing a car through a finance option, you’re not alone. Around nine out of 10 of the new cars sold in the UK are bought by people who use a finance option. However, there are still some grey areas when it comes to ownership.

More specifically, who is the legal owner of a car on finance? Is it the driver or the dealership? Read on as we provide the answers.

Who is the legal owner of a car on finance?

In truth, the answer is neither you nor the dealership. It’s the lender that provides the money. The person who drives the vehicle and maintains it – AKA you – is known as the Registered Keeper in legal parlance. In other words, you will make the repayments and deal with the day-to-day running of the car, but your name won’t be on the V5.

Is there any difference between the finance options?

Yes, there are, but only when the loan finishes. Both PCP and HP are agreements that require repaying before the V5 is transferred to you. However, something to keep in mind is the final payment regarding PCP. Unless you pay off the balloon repayment, you will not own the vehicle. Where you don’t have the cash or savings, you may have the option of taking out balloon payment finance instead. With Hire Purchase, the last instalment of your loan will clear the balance and make you the legal owner.

Do I have other options?

One thing you can do if you want to be declared the legal owner is to use a bank loan. That way, you pay back the money to the bank, and the vehicle is all yours from the outset. Of course, taking out an unsecured bank loan may not be an option for your circumstances. In addition, you may not find the terms competitive.

Find the right finance deal

At My Car Credit, we help drivers up and down the UK find the finance they need to upgrade their car – and eventually own it outright if preferred. It doesn’t matter whether your budget is small or if you don’t think you qualify, we try to accommodate everyone, including those looking for car finance with poor credit.

To find out more, please contact us on 01246 458 810 to speak to an advisor.

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X monthly repayments of
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Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

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Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 13.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 13.85%, 47 monthly payments of £201.38 followed by 1 payment of £211.38 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £2,176.24, total amount payable is £9,676.24.

Evolution Funding Limited, trading as My Car Credit, is a credit broker and not a lender.

Require more help?

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No Deposit Car Finance – How Does it Work?

New car bought with no deposit car finance

You’ve fallen in love with the perfect dream car, it’s ready to go and you’re raring to drive it straight off the forecourt. Only one problem remains – paying for your new wheels.

Car finance offers the perfect solution for buying the car of your dreams without needing to use your savings and pay in one go. You get the option to pay your car off in manageable monthly payments, over a period of your choice.

However, some people do worry about needing to find a deposit. This is typically a large chunk of the overall payment and if you do not have a car to trade in, it can be unaffordable for some.

Luckily, you can now get car finance without having to pay an initial deposit. Read on to discover how this works and whether you could get no deposit car finance.

The types of car financing

Car financing is a very common method used when buying a car. For the majority of us out there, paying for a car outright is unrealistic, especially if you’re looking to get a new vehicle. Car financing gives you the option to pay off the cost of your car monthly, rather than paying the cost in one go. There are a few different types of car financing available that you can choose from, with the main two being hire purchase and personal contract purchase:

Hire purchase (HP)

Hire purchase is one of the most popular car financing methods. You can either set up an HP deal with your car dealer directly or with a third party broker or lender. Generally, you may get a better deal with an external company than the car dealership so it’s good practice to shop around.

With many car finance options, a deposit of around 10% of the purchase price is required to secure the financing – we’ll get to the zero deposit options later in the article.

HP contracts can last anywhere between two and five years, with monthly payments, plus interest, paying off the value of the car. Once your contract is up and you have completed all your payments, the car is yours. You may have to pay a final payment that is higher than your monthly cost to secure the vehicle, but this will be agreed when buying the car so there will be no hidden surprises.

So, once your contract has come to an end and all payments have been made, you are then the owner of the car and can do with it whatever you please.

Personal contract purchase (PCP)

A personal contract purchase (PCP) is similar to a hire purchase in many ways. The car is paid off in monthly installments rather than one lump sum. You have the option of paying a deposit, which does reduce your monthly payments and overall interest. Despite their similarities, there is one clear difference between HP and PCP car financing deals.

With a HP agreement, you are paying off the full value of the car each month and so at the end of the agreement, you own the vehicle. However, with a PCP agreement, you are only paying off the depreciation of the car each month, rather than the full value.

So, you are essentially paying the difference between the car’s value when you purchase it and the estimated value of the car at the end of the agreement. In essence, you are renting the car from the dealership for a set number of years. At the end of the contract, you can make a choice between paying a lump sum to keep the car, trading in the vehicle for a newer model or returning the car entirely to the dealer.

No deposit car finance

So, now we’ve covered the two most popular forms of car financing, it’s time to take a closer look at how you can secure a car finance deal without having to fork out the initial deposit. It sounds too good to be true, right? Driving away in your dream car without having to pay a penny upfront. But it is in fact a reality.

Due to the huge competition out there when it comes to car financing options, from car dealerships to independent companies, there are a number of deals now available to allow companies to stand out from the crowd.

Typically, the best no deposit car finance deals are found from third party companies. This includes car finance price comparison websites such as Confused.com, which compare the best deals from across the market.

Alternatively, car finance brokers such as My Car Credit will offer you a broader panel of lenders who cover all credit profiles, from excellent through to bad.

No deposit car finance is available from most of My Car Credit’s lender panel. This means if you find a car worth £7500, a lender from My Car Credit would pay for the vehicle from the dealership and offer you a repayment plan over your chosen term, leaving you with nothing to pay upfront.

Secure the best deal

If you’re looking for a new car and want to know your budget or perhaps you’ve found your dream vehicle and are wanting to get driving as soon as possible, the no deposit car financing deals from My Car Credit can get you on the road in no time. We have a number of options available to suit you, no matter your circumstances.

Get a car finance quote today using our quick and easy calculator. You can then apply online and get an instant, online decision on car finance. If you need any help, feel free to get in touch with our friendly team to see how we can help you drive away in your new car.

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My Credit Rating

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  • You are a home owner
  • You have been on the electoral role for a long period of time
  • You have current credit arrangements and mortgage with no defaults
  • You have no CCJs, credit arrears or missed payments
  • You rarely apply for credit
  • You are employed or self-employed

Good

  • You are on the electoral role
  • You are a home owner or long standing tenant
  • You have a stable employment history
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  • You have no CCJs

Fair

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  • You may have recently changed address
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£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 13.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 13.85%, 47 monthly payments of £201.38 followed by 1 payment of £211.38 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £2,176.24, total amount payable is £9,676.24.

Evolution Funding Limited, trading as My Car Credit, is a credit broker and not a lender.

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

How to Refinance a PCP Balloon Payment

car bought on pcp finance with balloons in back

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has affected all of our lives. For many of us, finances are tighter, and we must watch the pennies, now more than ever. As a motorist, you may be coming to the end of a PCP deal and cannot afford to buy a new car in the current climate. You also don’t want to lose out on a car you’ve been waiting years to finally purchase outright. Perhaps you have also grown attached to the vehicle and don’t want to hand the keys over at the end of the PCP agreement.

If this is the case, consider your PCP finance balloon payment. My Car Credit can help you with refinancing your balloon payment, leaving you free to keep driving your car with a new agreement in place.

 What is a PCP?

A PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) is a very common way of purchasing a new or nearly new car. Unlike a traditional personal loan or HP (Hire Purchase) agreement, you won’t be paying off the full value of the vehicle, and you won’t own the car at the end of the finance agreement – unless you choose to.

At the end of the term, you can either pay a final lump sum balloon payment to keep the car, hand the car back and walk away, or get a new car with a brand new agreement.

What is a PCP balloon payment?

A PCP finance balloon payment is the final lump sum needed to take ownership of a car at the end of an agreement. Most car finance paperwork refers to this as the optional final payment. When you first take out the loan, the vehicle costs are split across an initial deposit, a series of monthly payments and then this optional final payment if you choose to buy the car.

The balloon payment is fixed at the beginning of the contract, so you should be aware of the cost of buying the vehicle before you get to the end of the deal. The balloon payment is an estimate of the vehicle’s value at the end of the finance agreement, and it offers protection against an unexpected decline in your car’s value. It is also known as your car’s guaranteed minimum future value.

Should you refinance a balloon payment?

The current COVID-19 pandemic may have influenced your decision on whether to keep or buy your vehicle. Perhaps you’re a key worker and need a vehicle to rely on every day. Or maybe you’ve lost work and are looking for smart ways to save more money.

It is worth bearing in mind that due to the current difficulties in changing vehicles, some lenders are offering an extension to your current agreement.

However, if you want to keep the car, you would need to make the balloon payment. This is possible by paying the lender in cash or by refinancing the payment, which usually takes the form of a Hire Purchase agreement and will leave you as the car’s owner at the end.

Before making a final decision on whether to hand your car back or refinance the balloon payment, it’s important to consider your car’s current value with how much you’d have to pay – or refinance – to keep it. A good rule of thumb is if the car is worth less than the balloon payment, you may want to give it back and purchase a similar used model for less.

However, if the vehicle is worth more than the balloon payment listed on your agreement, you are better off paying – or financing – this amount to own the car for less than what a similar model would have cost you.

How do I refinance a PCP balloon payment?

If you want to keep the vehicle but cannot afford to pay the full optional final payment in cash, talk to My Car Credit about balloon refinancing. We have a number of lenders on our panel who offer balloon finance, so long as it is the right option for your circumstances.

Balloon payment finance is a Hire Purchase agreement. You can finance cars up to 10 years old or 100,000 miles at the start of the contract. Keep in mind that this will mean that you won’t own the car outright until you’ve made the final payment. However, if you refinance, you can settle your agreement at any point during the agreement.

There’s no doubt, this is an accessible and affordable way to spread the cost of car ownership. Best of all, at the end of the term, often between 24 and 60 months, the car becomes yours!

Another option for refinancing is opting for a bank loan. If you have a good credit score, you may be able to take advantage of low-interest rates. However, be aware that a personal loan does not have the same consumer protection rights as a hire purchase agreement. You may find you’re able to get a better deal with car finance, so it’s worth getting Hire Purchase quotes, too. My Car Credit offers rates from as low as 6.9% APR and will give you an instant online decision along with your expected rate of interest.

Get started today

Have you been thinking about purchasing your car at the end of your PCP agreement for a while? If you’ve been waiting years to finally own the car, don’t miss out! You don’t have to wait until the end of your PCP agreement before talking to your lender about refinancing. You may even be able to reduce your monthly payments by refinancing early.

• Start by applying for finance. Our dedicated car credit advisors will work with you according to your chosen financial plan and goals. We’re always on hand to help and are happy to guide you through the process.

• Calculate your budget. Get an idea of how much you can afford to spend.

• Let the team at My Car Credit handle the rest. We can help you land the right refinancing option that suits your needs and budget.

Find a financial plan to suit you

At My Car Credit, we understand that it’s a troubling time for everyone. That’s why our dedicated agents work to secure the right plan to suit your needs, vehicle and budget. To get expert advice and guidance, call us on 01246 458 810 or email us at enquiries@mycarcredit.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.

Rates from 6.9% APR. Representative APR 13.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • You are a home owner
  • You have been on the electoral role for a long period of time
  • You have current credit arrangements and mortgage with no defaults
  • You have no CCJs, credit arrears or missed payments
  • You rarely apply for credit
  • You are employed or self-employed

Good

  • You are on the electoral role
  • You are a home owner or long standing tenant
  • You have a stable employment history
  • You have current credit arrangements with occasional missed payments
  • You have no CCJs

Fair

  • You are or have recently been on the electoral role
  • You may have recently changed address
  • You may have occasional missed payments
  • You may have an old CCJ
  • You may have regularly applied for credit

Poor

  • You may have had frequent changes in address
  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • You may have exceeded credit card limits
  • You may have missed payments on current agreements
  • You may have had a CCJ in the past

Bad

  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • Your credit cards are over their limits
  • You have recent CCJs
  • You may have been refused credit elsewhere
  • You may be in a debt management plan
£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 13.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 13.85%, 47 monthly payments of £201.38 followed by 1 payment of £211.38 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £2,176.24, total amount payable is £9,676.24.

Evolution Funding Limited, trading as My Car Credit, is a credit broker and not a lender.

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

What to Do If You Can’t Pay Car Finance Because of COVID-19

calculator being used to work out how to pay car finance

The coronavirus pandemic has caused disruption in everyone’s lives across the UK. From the way we work to weekly supermarket shopping, COVID-19 has impacted all of us. While it continues to cause all sorts of stress around health, financial wellbeing is an escalating issue for many. If you’re worried that you can’t pay car finance or make your monthly repayments because of COVID-19, read on to find out what your options are.

Over two million car finance agreement were transacted in 2019 alone, meaning a lot of people will be worried about how they will make their payments in the months to come.

If you’ve bought a car on finance and can no longer afford it because you’ve been laid off, furloughed, or have seen a significant drop in your income, here is what you should know about your options to secure more affordable car payments.

Review your paperwork

Look over the paperwork that you signed when taking out your car finance plan. Read through the wording and check if there are any notes about relief and special circumstances. Understanding your contract will help when you contact the lender. Double-check the documentation on consumer rights. For more information about your contract, take a look at our Adequate Explanation videos.

Contact your lender

Once you have reviewed your paperwork, the next step is to contact your financial provider directly. We can also provide you with the contact details for most of My Car Credit’s panel of lenders.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) requires all lenders to work with their customers to come to a fair and appropriate financial arrangement. If an individual or household income has been affected directly by COVID-19, lenders are offering payment holidays of up to three months which should allow you to keep the car moving forward.

Handing your car back

During the COVID-19 pandemic, lenders should, wherever possible, consider offering a solution that will enable you to keep your vehicle (if that is your wish), ensuring you can afford any monthly payments and allowing you to retain contractual rights such as voluntary termination.

If your car is financed by a Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) or Hire Purchase, you are allowed to hand it back to the finance company if you have already paid off 50% or more of the total amount payable, including any interest and fees. Note that if you cancel the contract, you will not get any extra money back. If you have yet to pay off 50% of the total amount payable, you will have to make up the difference.

As per your agreement with the lender, charges may apply for damage to the car over and above reasonable wear and tear. You may also incur a fee for ending the agreement early.

In many cases, you will be able to keep your vehicle. Even if you’re coming to the end of your PCP agreement, you can refinance the balloon payment instead of paying a large lump sum of cash to keep the vehicle. This is something that My Car Credit can help you with so get in touch if you think balloon refinancing is the right option for you.

Expert financial advice and support

My Car Credit can help you throughout this troubling time. We make the car finance process simple and hassle-free. Our agents are experts in the industry and stay updated on the latest offerings and relief available throughout the pandemic. For more information, call us on 01246 458 810 or email us at enquiries@mycarcredit.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.

If you are concerned about the financial impacts of COVID-19 or are experiencing financial difficulties, the following not-for-profit organisations also provide free, confidential and impartial debt advice and support:

Citizens Advice – www.adviceguide.org.uk

National Debtline – www.nationaldebtline.co.uk

Money Advice Service – www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk

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Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • You are a home owner
  • You have been on the electoral role for a long period of time
  • You have current credit arrangements and mortgage with no defaults
  • You have no CCJs, credit arrears or missed payments
  • You rarely apply for credit
  • You are employed or self-employed

Good

  • You are on the electoral role
  • You are a home owner or long standing tenant
  • You have a stable employment history
  • You have current credit arrangements with occasional missed payments
  • You have no CCJs

Fair

  • You are or have recently been on the electoral role
  • You may have recently changed address
  • You may have occasional missed payments
  • You may have an old CCJ
  • You may have regularly applied for credit

Poor

  • You may have had frequent changes in address
  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • You may have exceeded credit card limits
  • You may have missed payments on current agreements
  • You may have had a CCJ in the past

Bad

  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • Your credit cards are over their limits
  • You have recent CCJs
  • You may have been refused credit elsewhere
  • You may be in a debt management plan
£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 13.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 13.85%, 47 monthly payments of £201.38 followed by 1 payment of £211.38 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £2,176.24, total amount payable is £9,676.24.

Evolution Funding Limited, trading as My Car Credit, is a credit broker and not a lender.

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

5 Different Ways to Pay for a Car

white car in dealership being bought using a car loan

Once you have taken a test drive in your shiny new motor, it can be tempting to throw caution to wind and not worry too much about how you’re going to pay for it. Unfortunately, this is all too common for car owners across the UK. Before you sign on any dotted line, you should know how you aim to pay for the vehicle, whether you decide to hand over cash or take out car finance.

If you’re in the market for your next ‘new-to-you’ vehicle, take a look at the different ways to pay for a car.

How to pay for a car

  1. Cash
    As long as you’d have enough savings left over to cover other major purchases or unexpected costs in the future, paying cash is a great way to buy a car. Paying cash means that you own the vehicle straight away. If you get into financial difficulties, you have the option to sell the vehicle and keep the cash from the sale. If you have a car finance agreement such as a leasing or hire purchase, this isn’t possible.

    If you don’t have quite enough savings to buy the car outright, you could use them to give you the biggest deposit possible, so you end up spending less on loan interest.

    Before you pay cash, think about your future finances. Are you planning any other large purchases over the next few years, such as buying a house? If so, you may want to save some cash and consider financing the vehicle.

  2. Hire Purchase
    This option is increasingly popular for the purchase of new cars. Typically, you will put down a deposit of 10%, and then make fixed monthly payments over an agreed time period. This means that you won’t own the vehicle until the last payment has been made. However, this route does make purchasing a vehicle more manageable. Even those motorists with poor credit can get accepted for car financing.

    Hire purchase agreements are convenient to arrange and can be competitive for newer vehicles. There is also a fixed interest rate and monthly payments with no annual mileage conditions or fines for wear and tear.

  3. Personal Contract Purchase (PCP)
    This type of car finance deal is similar to a hire purchase agreement, but you usually make lower monthly payments. With a personal contract purchase, you have an ‘optional final payment’ at the end of the car finance plan, often referred to as the ‘balloon payment.’ You are able to defer some of the cost of the car to be paid at the end of the plan, making the monthly payments cheaper.

    Instead of getting a loan for the total cost of the car, you get a loan for the difference between its sale price and its predicted value at the end of the hire agreement.

    In a PCP, you decide how much of a deposit you want to make and estimate your annual mileage and the length of the contract. Typically, this type of car finance plan is between 3 and 5 years.

    At the end of the term, you can:

    • Trade the car in and start over again;
    • Hand the car back to the dealer and pay nothing; or
    • Pay a final payment (balloon payment) and keep the vehicle.

  4. Conditional Sale

    A conditional sale is similar to a hire purchase agreement, but you pay higher monthly payments and don’t have a fee to pay at the end of the term. Like a hire purchase, you do not own the car until the car finance plan has been paid in full. Typically, you put down 10% of the car’s value as a deposit, and repayment terms last between 2 and 6 years, making this option ideal for those who want to keep the car at the end of the plan without paying a final fee.

  5. Credit Cards

    Using a credit card to buy your new car can be a cost-effective way of getting a new set of wheels that allows you to buy the car outright on the day. To buy all or a portion of a car with a credit card, you must first ask the dealer if they accept credit card payments as many do not. If they do, they could charge a hefty processing fee that you need to consider.

    It is best to use a credit card that has a 0% interest offer to buy the car outright and then split the repayments over the interest-free period so that the balance is cleared by the time you’re due to be charged interest.

    Putting your new car on a credit card gives you repayment flexibility as long as you meet the minimum payment every month. However, if you only repay the minimum repayment every month, it may take much longer to repay your borrowing amount.

Getting a car on finance? Here’s what to look out for

Before you take out a car on finance, here are a few things to look out for:

• Make sure you can afford the monthly payment – not just now, but for the whole term of the loan.
• Ask the lender what will happen if you struggle to pay one month, and what options you have if you couldn’t afford to pay.
• Compare the total cost of borrowing, including all charges over the full term of the loan.
• Compare interest rates from different lenders. Remember that a larger deposit usually means you have a lower interest rate.
• Consider working with car credit specialists to land the right finance plan.

Find out if you can get car finance

At My Car Credit, we aim to help you through every step of the car finance process to make the process as hassle-free as possible.
For an instant quote, and to see what car finance plan you can be eligible for, please use our simple car finance calculator.

We are open 7 days a week, and our website is full of helpful tips, guidelines and answers to any questions you have.
For more information, call us on 01246 458 810 or email us at enquiries@mycarcredit.co.uk.

Rates from 6.9% APR. Representative APR 13.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • You are a home owner
  • You have been on the electoral role for a long period of time
  • You have current credit arrangements and mortgage with no defaults
  • You have no CCJs, credit arrears or missed payments
  • You rarely apply for credit
  • You are employed or self-employed

Good

  • You are on the electoral role
  • You are a home owner or long standing tenant
  • You have a stable employment history
  • You have current credit arrangements with occasional missed payments
  • You have no CCJs

Fair

  • You are or have recently been on the electoral role
  • You may have recently changed address
  • You may have occasional missed payments
  • You may have an old CCJ
  • You may have regularly applied for credit

Poor

  • You may have had frequent changes in address
  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • You may have exceeded credit card limits
  • You may have missed payments on current agreements
  • You may have had a CCJ in the past

Bad

  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • Your credit cards are over their limits
  • You have recent CCJs
  • You may have been refused credit elsewhere
  • You may be in a debt management plan
£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 13.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 13.85%, 47 monthly payments of £201.38 followed by 1 payment of £211.38 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £2,176.24, total amount payable is £9,676.24.

Evolution Funding Limited, trading as My Car Credit, is a credit broker and not a lender.

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

How Does Car Finance Work in the UK?

White car bought on finance driving past the houses of parliament in London

Affordable car finance plans are becoming more popular in the UK. But how exactly does the car financing process work? What are the criteria to being accepted for car finance? And are there different types of car financing?

In this post, we’ll explore everything you need to know about how car finance works in the UK. But first…

What is car finance?

For some people, buying a car outright just isn’t possible. For this reason, more and more people are opting for car finance plans as an alternative. Car finance is a great way to get the car you want. Especially, if you can’t afford the expense of one big, upfront payment for it.

Car finance allows you to drive the car without having to pay a lump sum upfront. Instead, you will be paying monthly payments for the car. It’s essentially a loan to cover the cost of the car, which allows you to spread the cost over a period of several months or years.

The lender does own the car until you have paid the borrowed amount, plus any interest or additional charges in full. However, you have full use of the car whilst you are still paying your monthly payments. And when you’ve paid in full, the car is yours to keep if that’s what you opt for.

Who is eligible for car finance?

There are many factors that can impact your eligibility for car finance. Firstly, you must be at least 18-years old and be a resident of the UK. Most car finance companies will not take on temporary residents.

Credit scores will also be taken into consideration. The higher (or better) your score, the more likely you are to be approved for a car finance plan. Lenders will also look at your employment. Things can become slightly more complicated if your income is reliant on benefits or you are retired.

If you are in stable, long term employment, this can increase the likelihood of car finance lenders approving you. However, even if you have poor credit or bad credit, it is still possible to get car finance with My Car Credit.

On top of all that, the car you’re looking to finance will also be taken into consideration. Costs aside, it needs to be less than eight years old when your agreement begins and less than twelve years old when the agreement ends.

How does financing a car work?

Most car finance plans can be tailored to you. You can opt for a bigger initial deposit to reduce monthly payments or a longer duration to spread the cost out further. The amount you pay each month, interest rates, the terms of the agreement and the length of your car finance plan will all vary, depending on what suits you and the lender best.

To begin with, there are a few different types of car finance:

Hire Purchase:

  • The simplest form of car finance
  • Allows you to spread the cost, plus interest, across a set period of time
  • Deposit is not always necessary, but an initial deposit will bring down the monthly costs and you can trade in your old car as a deposit
  • The lender simply takes the price of the car (minus any deposit) and adds interest. The final figure is then divided over the term agreed, usually between two and five years
  • Monthly payments will never change and there is never a big payment at the end of your plan
  • Once you have finished paying the car finance plan, the car is yours

There are some pros and cons to Hire Purchase. For example, there is a fixed interest rate and monthly payments with no annual mileage conditions or fines for wear and tear. However, you will not own the car until you have finished paying the car finance plan.

Personal Contract Purchase:

Although it offers lower monthly repayment options than the Hire Purchase route, this type of agreement is a bit more complicated. With a Personal Contract Purchase, you have an ‘optional final payment’ at the end of your car finance plan. This is sometimes known as the ‘balloon payment’. By deferring some of the cost of the car to be paid at the end of the plan, the monthly payments are cheaper.

For the Personal Contract Purchase, you decide how much of a deposit you want to make and estimate your annual mileage and the length of the contract. Normally, this type of car finance plan is between 3 and 5 years.

Conditional Sale:

Conditional Sale is similar to Hire Purchase, but you pay higher monthly payments and do not have a fee at the end. As soon as you have paid the car finance plan off, the car is yours.

This type of plan is perfect for people who want to keep the car at the end of the plan, with nothing to pay at the end of the car finance plan. In addition, Conditional Sale allows for longer repayment terms, usually between 2 to 6 years. However, you will not own the car until you have paid the car finance plan in full and you must pay a deposit for a Conditional Sale plan. This is usually 10% of car’s value.

For more information, take a closer look at the different car finance options available in the UK.

How do I apply to finance a car?

With My Car Credit, you can apply for car finance in just a few simple steps:

  1. Complete an application form – fill in our simple online form and we will give you an instant quote.
  2. We will get in touch with you – one of our Car Credit Specialists will get in touch with you, answer any of your questions and advise on what might be best for you.
  3. Choose a car from a dealer – we don’t mind if you have already found your car, just let our Car Credit Specialist know when they contact you. If not, we have some trusted dealers who can help.
  4. Say hello to your new car – we will do all the legwork with the lender and dealer, without it costing you anything.

Get in touch with us today

For an instant quote, use our car finance calculator. It takes into consideration your credit score and is simple to use. With the largest panel of lenders of any UK car finance broker, our chances of finding you the right car finance agreement are increased. We are open 7 days a week, you can call us on 01246 458 810 or email us at enquiries@mycarcredit.co.uk.

Rates from 6.9% APR. Representative APR 13.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • You are a home owner
  • You have been on the electoral role for a long period of time
  • You have current credit arrangements and mortgage with no defaults
  • You have no CCJs, credit arrears or missed payments
  • You rarely apply for credit
  • You are employed or self-employed

Good

  • You are on the electoral role
  • You are a home owner or long standing tenant
  • You have a stable employment history
  • You have current credit arrangements with occasional missed payments
  • You have no CCJs

Fair

  • You are or have recently been on the electoral role
  • You may have recently changed address
  • You may have occasional missed payments
  • You may have an old CCJ
  • You may have regularly applied for credit

Poor

  • You may have had frequent changes in address
  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • You may have exceeded credit card limits
  • You may have missed payments on current agreements
  • You may have had a CCJ in the past

Bad

  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • Your credit cards are over their limits
  • You have recent CCJs
  • You may have been refused credit elsewhere
  • You may be in a debt management plan
£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 13.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 13.85%, 47 monthly payments of £201.38 followed by 1 payment of £211.38 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £2,176.24, total amount payable is £9,676.24.

Evolution Funding Limited, trading as My Car Credit, is a credit broker and not a lender.

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

Car Finance vs Personal Loan, what’s best for me?

Car dealer handing over the keys to car bought on finance

If you’re looking to buy a nearly-new or used car and considering taking out a finance agreement, you’ll probably already know that there are a few options available to you. At My Car Credit, we want to make this choice easier with our no-nonsense lowdown on car finance options. Whichever option you choose, we are here to take care of it!

Personal Loan

In short: You borrow a lump sum from the lender to buy the car, which means you own the car from the start of your contract. You then repay this money (with interest) at a set monthly rate within an agreed time limit, usually between 24 and 60 months.

Pros:

  • Your interest rate is fixed and lower than other options where your credit score is good
  • Your monthly repayments are fixed, so you can budget around them
  • You own the car from the start of the contract
  • You can choose the time limit of the loan

Cons:

  • Your interest rates can be higher if you have a poor credit score
  • You are entirely responsible for the car and all repairs
  • You have to borrow over £1,000

Ideal for people:

  • Who want to own the car from the start of their contract
  • Who want flexibility with their repayment structure
  • Who are looking for lower interest rates

Eligibility

Most people will be eligible to take out a Personal Loan. However, those with a bad credit score or those with a bad credit history (especially those that have CCJ court orders against them) may be declined.

At My Car Credit, we work closely with a number of trusted Personal Loan funders. You can make an application on our website to determine your chances of being accepted and because we only carry out a ‘soft search’, there will be no trace left on your credit file.

Hire Purchase

You put down a deposit on a car and the lender pays for the rest. You then ‘hire’ the car from the lender until you have paid off your monthly repayments, at which point the car becomes yours. Your monthly repayments are paid within an agreed time frame, usually between 12 and 60 months, and will differ dependent on how much deposit you put in.

Pros:

  • The repayment time limit is more flexible
  • Your interest rate is fixed, and will be lower depending on your deposit amount
  • You are more likely to be accepted if your credit score isn’t the best

Cons:

  • You don’t own the car
  • You have to pay a deposit
  • There can be additional fees (such as a transfer of ownership fee at the end of the contract)

Ideal for people:

  • Whose finances and circumstances are suited to fixed monthly repayments
  • Who don’t have the best credit rating
  • Who want to own the car at the end of their loan
  • Whose disposable income could change (e.g. starting a family, changing jobs)

Eligibility

Hire Purchase agreements are one of the more accessible car finance options. Although not everyone is accepted, there is normally a broader spectrum that this option will cater for, i.e. credit profiles that range from excellent to poor, and several employment statuses, including retired, young professional and self-employed.

At My Car Credit, we have access to a large panel of lenders that offer excellent Hire Purchase agreements. You can make an application on our website to determine your chances of being accepted and because we only carry out a ‘soft search’, there will be no trace left on your credit file.

Personal Contract Purchase (PCP)

You borrow the difference between what the car costs when you take out the loan and what it will cost at the end of the loan. This is called a Guaranteed Future Value (GFV). In other words, if the car costs £3,500 at the start of your loan and will cost £1,500 at the end of your loan, you need to borrow £2,000. The GFV also includes your estimated mileage as a factor. Normally this kind of loan will last between 18 and 48 months. At the end of your loan, you have three options: buy the car by paying what it costs at the end of your loan, give the car back and settle the loan, or part exchange for a new car.

Pros:

  • Your options are more flexible at the end of your loan
  • Service and maintenance packages, as well as warranties and insurance, are normally included
  • You could drive a new car that you couldn’t afford with a cash payment

Cons:

  • It’s more expensive than other finance options to buy the car outright
  • Additional charges are made if the mileage agreement is exceeded
  • You don’t own the car during the loan

Ideal for people:

  • Who want to drive a new model
  • Who frequently want to change the car they drive
  • Who don’t want the responsibility of owning a car outright

Eligibility

PCP is slightly stricter in terms of its acceptance rate. Normally, a fair credit score is required.

At My Car Credit, you can make an application on our website to determine your chances of being accepted for a Personal Contract Purchase and because we only carry out a ‘soft search’, there will be no trace left on your credit file.

If you need any help or advice about which finance option is best for you, whether it’s a Hire Purchase agreement, Personal Contract Purchase agreement or a Personal Loan, our team of Car Credit Specialists can advise you. Just give us a call!

Rates from 6.9% APR. Representative APR 13.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • You are a home owner
  • You have been on the electoral role for a long period of time
  • You have current credit arrangements and mortgage with no defaults
  • You have no CCJs, credit arrears or missed payments
  • You rarely apply for credit
  • You are employed or self-employed

Good

  • You are on the electoral role
  • You are a home owner or long standing tenant
  • You have a stable employment history
  • You have current credit arrangements with occasional missed payments
  • You have no CCJs

Fair

  • You are or have recently been on the electoral role
  • You may have recently changed address
  • You may have occasional missed payments
  • You may have an old CCJ
  • You may have regularly applied for credit

Poor

  • You may have had frequent changes in address
  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • You may have exceeded credit card limits
  • You may have missed payments on current agreements
  • You may have had a CCJ in the past

Bad

  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • Your credit cards are over their limits
  • You have recent CCJs
  • You may have been refused credit elsewhere
  • You may be in a debt management plan
£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 13.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 13.85%, 47 monthly payments of £201.38 followed by 1 payment of £211.38 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £2,176.24, total amount payable is £9,676.24.

Evolution Funding Limited, trading as My Car Credit, is a credit broker and not a lender.

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

HP, Conditional, PCP: The Lowdown on Car Finance Options

Customer calculates car finance monthly payments

With so many car finance options, choosing the best one can seem both daunting and overwhelming. My Car Credit takes the mystery out of it all by helping you understand how each car finance option works, how much it will really cost you and which option best suits your finances.

Car Finance in a Nutshell

  • Car finance allows you to become the owner of a car where you are unable to pay for your car upfront.
  • You make affordable monthly payments directly to the agreed lender of your car finance.
  • You will become the owner of the vehicle once you have paid the agreed amount in full.

Hire Purchase (HP)

Hire Purchase is the most common type of car finance and very simply means that you make monthly repayments and usually a small admin or purchase fee at the end.

Your car loan is secured against the car, which is owned by the lender. Whilst you are paying, you effectively hire the car from the lender and once all payments have been made the vehicle becomes yours.

Great for those people:

  • Who don’t want to or can’t pay cash
  • Who’s budget and circumstances suit fixed monthly repayments
  • Who have had problems getting credit
  • Who want to own the car at the end
  • Who’s disposable income might change (e.g. starting a family)

Personal Contract Purchase (PCP)

Personal Contract Purchase is similar to Hire Purchase except that you have the option to buy the vehicle at the end of the loan or hand it back.

If you decide to buy, you pay a balloon payment for the balance on the value of the vehicle. The value is fixed at the start of the agreement – the Guaranteed Future Value – so that you know and can budget for the balloon payment before you commit.

Great for those people:

  • Who want lower monthly repayments
  • Who want flexibility and options at the end of the agreement
  • Who like to change their car regularly
  • Who are confident that they can predict their mileage

Conditional Sale

Conditional sale is similar to Hire Purchase except that you don’t have to pay a fee at the end of the agreement, just monthly repayments.

Whilst you’re repaying the agreed amount of the car loan, you have possession and use of the vehicle but it continues to belong to the lender until you have made the final repayment, when the vehicle becomes yours.

Great for those people:

  • Who would rather pay a bit more, spread the fixed repayments and avoid a large payment at the end
  • Who want a choice of length of payment terms

Rates from 6.9% APR. Representative APR 13.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • You are a home owner
  • You have been on the electoral role for a long period of time
  • You have current credit arrangements and mortgage with no defaults
  • You have no CCJs, credit arrears or missed payments
  • You rarely apply for credit
  • You are employed or self-employed

Good

  • You are on the electoral role
  • You are a home owner or long standing tenant
  • You have a stable employment history
  • You have current credit arrangements with occasional missed payments
  • You have no CCJs

Fair

  • You are or have recently been on the electoral role
  • You may have recently changed address
  • You may have occasional missed payments
  • You may have an old CCJ
  • You may have regularly applied for credit

Poor

  • You may have had frequent changes in address
  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • You may have exceeded credit card limits
  • You may have missed payments on current agreements
  • You may have had a CCJ in the past

Bad

  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • Your credit cards are over their limits
  • You have recent CCJs
  • You may have been refused credit elsewhere
  • You may be in a debt management plan
£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 13.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 13.85%, 47 monthly payments of £201.38 followed by 1 payment of £211.38 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £2,176.24, total amount payable is £9,676.24.

Evolution Funding Limited, trading as My Car Credit, is a credit broker and not a lender.

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

Car Finance: A Complete Guide

Man drives car that he purchased using car finance

Buying a car is one of the biggest purchases you’re ever likely to make. Buying a car on finance (or credit) is a great option for those looking to spread the cost out over a period of months and/or years. Terms like personal contract purchase and balloon payment can make car finance seem confusing. My Car Credit is here to break it down for you so you can get the car you want, on a car finance agreement that works for you.

What is car finance?

Car finance is an agreement which allows you to pay for your car in affordable set amounts – rather than paying for the car in one go.

A finance lender pays for the car you want, and you pay them back in monthly instalments. The monthly instalments that you make will depend on how much you want to borrow, the length of the agreement, whether you put down a deposit, your credit score and the type of the agreement.

There are many different types of car finance agreement available, so it’s important to know which one will suit you and your circumstances.

What is Hire Purchase (HP)?

Hire Purchase is one of the most common types of car finance because it is nice and simple – you make monthly repayments to the lender over a set period of time and at the end, you own the car.

Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  • Whilst not obligatory, you have the option of putting down a deposit of around 5 – 10% of the car’s price.
  • The agreement lasts between 24 and 60 months.
  • During this time, you make monthly repayments to the lender and are effectively hiring the car from them.
  • At the end of the agreement, you own the car.

Pros:

  • Good for people who want to buy a car but have flexible disposable income and less than perfect credit score.
  • The repayments are regular and fixed which means you can budget accurately.

Cons:

  • The monthly repayments are normally higher with an HP agreement when compared to other options.
  • The finance lender owns the car until you make your last payment, so you cannot change the car to your own preferences.

What is Personal Contract Purchase (PCP)?

Personal Contract Purchase is a little bit more complicated than other options. You make monthly repayments based on the Guaranteed Future Value (GFV) of the car, which is the amount that the car is estimated to be worth by the end of the agreement. At the end of your agreement, you must pay a final sum (known as a balloon payment) to settle it.

Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  • The car you want is worth £9,000 at the start of your agreement but it will be worth £5,000 at the end of it – this is the Guaranteed Future Value.
  • You make repayments based on the difference between the larger and smaller car values (in this case £4,000) and a mileage limit that you agree with your finance lender.
  • At the end of your agreement (which usually lasts from 2 to 4 years) you pay a balloon payment – the end value of the car (i.e. £5,000).
  • You can settle your balloon payment by giving the car back, putting the money towards another agreement, or paying the amount and owning the car.

Pros:

  • Great for those that want to regularly change the car they drive or like to drive newer models.It has lower repayment fees than other car finance options.
  • Flexibility of options at the end of your agreement.

Cons:

  • It is more expensive to buy the car at the end of your agreement.
  • There is the complication of the balloon payment to settle, for which you’ll need to budget.
  • If you go over your agreed mileage, the financial penalties can be significant.

What is a Guarantor Loan?

A Guarantor Loan is when a third party guarantees to make the repayments on a car finance deal if you are unable to do so. Whilst you have a guarantor in place, you are still expected to be financially responsible for making the agreed repayments.

Pros:

  • Enables those with a less than perfect credit score or those who haven’t yet had time to build a score, to get a car.
  • If you keep on top of your repayments, (which in theory should always be the case) you will be able to improve your credit score as you go.
  • Fixed monthly repayments over a fixed period allows you to budget for this kind of agreement.

Cons:

  • Usually a higher interest rate (APR) than other finance options.
  • The guarantor must fit the lender’s criteria, which normally includes them being a homeowner.
  • If you fail to make the repayments, your guarantor will become liable. If your guarantor fails to make the repayments, you could both be issued with a County Court Judgement (CCJ), which would damage both your credit profiles – affecting both your abilities to obtain credit in the future.

Car Finance with My Car Credit

Buying your own car is one of the biggest (and most exciting) purchases you’ll ever make. If you think you’re ready to start the application process, we’ll be more than happy to help.

We welcome people with credit scores of all levels to apply for finance with us. We operate a soft search policy, which means that your initial application won’t affect your credit score. This allows you to shop around for the best deal for your circumstances, without impacting your credit file.

With over 30 car finance lenders and more than 4500 tried and tested car dealers, we have one of the best networks in the UK to match you with the perfect car. Get started today with our Car Finance Calculator!

Rates from 6.9% APR. Representative APR 13.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • You are a home owner
  • You have been on the electoral role for a long period of time
  • You have current credit arrangements and mortgage with no defaults
  • You have no CCJs, credit arrears or missed payments
  • You rarely apply for credit
  • You are employed or self-employed

Good

  • You are on the electoral role
  • You are a home owner or long standing tenant
  • You have a stable employment history
  • You have current credit arrangements with occasional missed payments
  • You have no CCJs

Fair

  • You are or have recently been on the electoral role
  • You may have recently changed address
  • You may have occasional missed payments
  • You may have an old CCJ
  • You may have regularly applied for credit

Poor

  • You may have had frequent changes in address
  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • You may have exceeded credit card limits
  • You may have missed payments on current agreements
  • You may have had a CCJ in the past

Bad

  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • Your credit cards are over their limits
  • You have recent CCJs
  • You may have been refused credit elsewhere
  • You may be in a debt management plan
£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 13.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 13.85%, 47 monthly payments of £201.38 followed by 1 payment of £211.38 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £2,176.24, total amount payable is £9,676.24.

Evolution Funding Limited, trading as My Car Credit, is a credit broker and not a lender.

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!